BY TONY EDIKE
ENUGU — Minister of Water Resources, Mrs. Serah Ochekpe, has restated the determination of the Federal Government to raise the standard of women in the country.
Ochekpe, who spoke on the reason behind the ministry’s project, ‘Girls and Women Initiative in Nigeria, G-WIN,’ said it was aimed at building capacities of rural women and girls in Nigeria to become leaders in water management.
She said: “The G-WIN project aims to create employment and income to alleviate poverty through the provision of water schemes, water kiosks, and public sanitation facilities to build the ability of women and girls in the rural areas to effectively and confidently own and manage these facilities.”
She told newsmen in Enugu that the training component of the programme was being implemented by two resource organisations, namely African Themes Limited and Women Environmental Programme.
The minister disclosed that four states had been selected for the pilot project, including Abia, Bauchi, Osun and Plateau.
“In each state, two local government areas have been selected as follows: Abia – Osisioma and Ugwunangbo LGAs; Bauchi – Kirfi and Zaki LGAs; Osun – Iwo and Ori-Ade LGAs; and Plateau – Jos South and Jos North LGAs,” she said.